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The Color of Paradise (Sous-titres franšais)

Hossein Mahjoub , Mohsen Ramezani , Majid Majidi    DVD
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Majid Majidi, whose delightful Children of Heaven became the first Iranian film ever nominated for an Oscar, returns to the subject of children for this lush and lovely--if contrived--melodrama. A spirited blind boy with a passion for learning and life arrives home for a three-month break. He's loved by his giggly little sisters and adored by his gentle granny, but his widowed, self-pitying father sees him as a burden and is determined to foist him off on someone else before he remarries--specifically, a kindly blind carpenter who welcomes the boy with all his heart. Majidi is at his best exploring the texture of the boy's world--little hands feeling their way through a garden, the sounds of metal pencils punching out Braille pages, the shuffle of fingers on paper--and his imagery is delicate and lush. The story descends into scripted tragedy and a contrived, action-packed climax (unusual for a cinema known for its restraint), and the emotional tenor turns sentimental and cloying, but Majidi turns it all around with an astounding, heartbreakingly powerful final image. If there is one thing many Iranian films have in common, it's an unerring sense of how to end a film. This is one of the most affecting ever: beautiful, moving, simple, a glowing moment that crystallizes the entire movie. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aren't Enough Jan. 10 2004
"The Color of Paradise" (2000) by the Iranian director Majid Majidi, and his "Children of Heaven" (1997) which was released just before it, are magnificent films, which gain much by being reviewed together.
"Children of Heaven" (the Farsi title, "Bacheha-ya Asseman," is closer in meaning to "Children of the Heavens" or "Celestial Children") is not so much a children's film as a film about children. It is a children's film almost in the same way that Franšois Truffaut's "Small Change" (1976) is a children's film, although some of the subject matter of Truffaut's film demands more maturity on the part of the viewer. "Children of Heaven" tells the story of a young boy who inadvertantly loses his sister's shoes. Afraid to tell their parents, they share his sneakers, which is possible since their classes are staggered. The film is about how this catastrophe is resolved. Along the way we learn a lot about this poor Iranian family, all living together in one room, sleeping on mats on the floor. It is a wonderful story, full of warmth and growth, told from the boy's point of view. I dare not tell more. It is an excellent film. But "The Color of Paradise" is even better.
"The Color of Paradise" (in Farsi: "Rang-e Khoda," literally, "The Color of God") is a very different film, about a poor widower, living in a village near the Caspian Sea, trying to support his widowed mother and his three small children, one of whom, the boy, is blind. The father is hoping to remarry, and he is worried that the bride-to-be's supersticious family, if they learn that he has a blind son, will regard him as an unsuitable groom.
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Iranian filmmakers are always going to have a hard time competing with Hollywood in the West. But with "A Color of Paradise", director Majid Majidi (acclaimed and best known for "The Children of Heaven", a story of a brother and sister who share the same pair of shoes) has produced a film that in content, themes and beauty makes a great deal of modern blockbusters look nasty and expensive. In Arabic (with English subtitles), it's the story of eight-year old Mohammad, a blind boy who attends a school for the blind in Tehran. When the school breaks for the summer months, Mohammad's father is the last to pick him up, even then only after trying to have the school keep the boy. His reasons become obvious after he retreats to his home in the Iranian countryside: taking care of his son is a burden in his quest to win the dowry and the hand of a local woman in marriage, and his son is a threat to his own future well-being. As Mohammad enjoys life in the picturesque countryside with his two sisters and grandmother, he is oblivious to his father's plans to get rid of him.
The movie develops a sharp contrast between the boy and his father: despite the fact that he can see, his father is caught up in blind selfishness where he cares only about himself; Despite his blindness, Mohammad "sees" the beauty of life, and is full of wonder at the sounds of birds and the magnificence of creation. As the blind boy reads the Braille alphabet in nature and reaches out to its helpless creatures, it becomes evident that the abandoned baby bird he rescues, as well as the trapped fish and overturned turtle we see are really metaphors of Mohammad's own helplessness before his father. The boy's grandmother is a quiet figure, but she sees both her blind grandson's worth and her son's moral corruption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life altering. Dec 3 2003
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I wish everyone in America could see this movie to understand the beauty that exists outside our borders in lands we have never thought twice, or even once, about. Truth is, we have so much to learn from the sensibilities of these far older peoples and from their history. The Color of Paradise opens that door for us to walk through the rest of our lives, and for that reason it is priceless. This movie shattered me, just as I knew it would. And it did it in a way that only art can, by exploring our most anciently held beliefs about love, honor, beauty, family, and God and ultimately changing how we feel about all of it, for the better. And it did as lightly and effortlessly as a feather falling to the ground. I will never forget this film, or want to, for the better person it has made me. Little Mohammed, you will always be with me. And may we all strive during the course of our lives to reflect the love you so naturally give us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable gem of a movie. Aug. 17 2000
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After reading raves about this movie on critics.com, we were disappointed to learn that it had already closed in New York City. However, we were lucky enough to catch it this week at Aspen's Filmfest. "The Color of Paradise" is a moving, unforgettable film, with lush cinematography and extraordinary performances -- including one of the very finest we've ever seen by a child actor. Don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Heaven's Shadow March 25 2003
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I am finding myself rewriting this review, simply because my first attempt was woefully inadequate. I had written that if you wanted to have your heart broken and be brought to that point where you must decide what is really important in life, and if you were willing to lay your silent complaints before God as another man honestly spoke his, that you then should watch this beautiful movie. All that is true, but I must say more. This movie will speak most clearly to those who have been severely tested in life, to those who have been brought to and perhaps past the point of emotional and spiritual endurance. There will be those who know what I mean, and for you this movie will be difficult but so very worthwhile. As for creativity, Majid Majidi accomplishes with desperate glances, delightful little joys, and glimpses of nature what other directors fail to do with all of Hollywood´¿s resources too heavily employed. You are not overpowered by this movie, you are instead gently welcomed into a world of insight where your own thoughts are interwoven with those of the various characters. Somehow the sorrow and joy are shared, somehow you become the blind child and the lonely, lost father at the same time. Between this movie and Majidi´¿s other excellent movie ´¿Children of Heaven,´¿ I have indeed glimpsed heaven through the lives of children, their fathers, and the hidden but mighty hand of God. Parents would do well to watch these movies--your children learn from you, and this truth is explored in these two movies. (I strongly recommend watching ´¿Children of Heaven´¿ first, and then ´¿The Color of Paradise. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super
This DVD was as promised and I really enjoyed it. I have pass it on to friends who thought it was great as well.
Published on May 5 2012 by Jan Church
4.0 out of 5 stars Does he die?
It was a good film; my Language Arts teacher showed it to us because we were doing a film unit, and he liked the use of sound (nature) and color (green) in the movie. Read more
Published on June 14 2007 by Judith Secon
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Do not see this movie.
It will be very dificult to enjoy movies after this one, it is very much above most. I am shure that movie directors and actors will have stop and go back to the drawing board... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Rafael Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sensitive
Excellent! Dont have words to describe such espectacular movie
Published on July 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars That was sad!
Although there were some short happy moments (see cover), the story is extremely sad with no happy end! I was depressed and I was very sorry about that blind boy.... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by amazonka
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker!!!!
This is quite possibly the best movie I have ever had the privilege of viewing. I have watched it 5 times and am moved beyond words each time. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Seher Cezzaroglu
5.0 out of 5 stars a thrilling work of art
This is a truly remarkable film.
It also represents the kind of film experience that can serve to enoble its audience. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes wide shut.
Shakespearean tragedy, Iranian-style. Majid Majidi's *The Color of Paradise* is a masterpiece, better than his splendid *Children of Heaven* -- though I don't think this film... Read more
Published on March 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movies were meant to be.
Tired of exploding cars, gratuitous violence, and mindless sex in your movie viewing? Then you're in for a real treat. Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by osteothincus
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